According to estimated data released by the National Safety Council, motor vehicle fatalities in the United States increased 5 percent in 2012 from 2011 levels. The council reports that this is the first increase since 2004 to 2005 and involved approximately 36,200 deaths. The council further reported, “Crash injuries requiring medical attention also are estimated to have risen by five percent since 2011 to a total of 3.9 million.” Council CEO and President Janet Froetscher said, “NSC is greatly concerned with the upswing in traffic fatalities on our nation’s roads. Although we have improved safety features in vehicles today, we also have new challenges, especially as it relates to teen and distracted driving, that need to be addressed on a national scale.” The loss of life, injuries and property damage in 2012 reportedly represented a cost of $276.6 billion.
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U.S. motor vehicle fatalities increased in 2012
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